For Teachers

You can find the current call for educator participation in the Great World Texts program here.

The Great World Texts in Wisconsin program supports educators in collaborative, interdisciplinary year-long projects which bring challenging works of world literature to life in Wisconsin high school classrooms. The mandate of this program is a wonderful complement to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts of Wisconsin schools. We provide an ideal forum for meeting Standards for Disciplinary Literacy by providing resources, support, and materials for teaching literature across the curriculum and in interdisciplinary teams of teachers from Social Studies, Theatre, English/Language Arts, Drama, Music, Art, Culinary Arts, History, Geography, and more.

Educators have a unique opportunity to create interdisciplinary teaching teams, partner with other schools and with UW-Madison, achieve Common Core and Disciplinary Literacy Standards, and earn professional development by attending two symposia in Madison (one per semester) to workshop with colleagues and hear talks from leading experts. Teachers can also opt to do additional work to earn one UW graduate credit (with tuition waived by the University – teachers only pay segregated fees of less than $50!). Educators find our program rewarding and inspiring, and the percentage of returning teachers is a testament to how valuable they find their work with this program. 

Participating teams receive curricular resources, teaching materials (including a set of books for the school’s permanent collection), and a stipend to cover materials, travel, and substitute costs for the three days they are in Madison. The amount of the award factors in how much your school can (or cannot) contribute. Typically, schools receive a grant of up to $1,000. Costs vary by school and district, but our goal is to make this program fully affordable for each participating school. Many schools are 100% grant-funded.

Students benefit from Disciplinary Literacy, as they see how a complex text is approached in different contexts and subject areas. They challenge themselves to prepare complex, intellectually stimulating projects to present in Madison at the Student Conference (held in the spring) where they will be introduced to the college environment and given a rare opportunity to interact with a student body which reflects the diversity of the entire state, as well as receive a keynote presentation from a leading authority on that year's text.

More information about the Great World Texts program can be found here.